How to Naturally Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks

Everyone knows what stretch marks are and when we talk about them, we automatically think of someone who is pregnant. While this is the most common cause, with 90% of pregnancies resulting in stretch marks, this isn’t the only way, and it isn’t just with women (1).

In fact, many men get stretch marks as well. Anyone and everyone can develop stretch marks, whether you are male or female, young or old.

And if you look around at solutions to stretch marks you will find all sorts of creams, mostly geared to women who are pregnant, that promise to rid your body of these unsightly scars. But do they work?

In this post, you’ll learn:

  • What stretch marks really are and what happens to your skin when they happen
  • Ways you can avoid getting stretch marks
  • Things you can do with the ones you already have

What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are the result of skin that has been stretched too quickly and can appear almost anywhere.

Your skin is made up of three layers, the epidermis is the top layer, the dermis is the middle, and the hypodermic is the bottom layer. Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched too quickly and the middle layer rips and tears. This leaves visible, uneven, reddish marks on the epidermis.

Stretch marks can occur during pregnancy, when you gain weight, or even when adolescents go through a growth spurt, and their glucocorticoids ( a steroid hormone) begin to increase (2). Athletes can also be prone to stretch marks who train to build muscle, especially weightlifters and bodybuilders. The rapid change in the body and addition of muscle size can cause the skin to stretch too fast and scar.

Corticosteroid creams, lotions, and pills that are used can also cause stretch marks, as they too reduce the skin’s elasticity. When your skin loses elasticity and then stretched, the dermis is more likely to rip, rather than just expand and stretch.

Steroids, taken orally or applied topically, can also make skin more vulnerable to developing stretch marks.

There are also certain medical conditions that can leave you more prone to getting them. Some of these conditions include Diabetes, Marfan Syndrome, Cushing’s disease, and Ehlers-Danos syndrome. This is because adrenal disorders can cause an increase in cortisone in the body, which weakens the elasticity in your skin (3).

How Can You Avoid Getting Stretch Marks?

The first thing you can do to avoid getting stretch marks is to recognize when your body is changing, and you are at risk for developing them. For some of us, these changes are intentional. For instance, if you are pregnant or quickly putting on muscle, know that your body is going to change, and your skin is going to stretch.

The best thing for stretch marks is to make sure that you are hydrated and that your skin is hydrated. If you know your body is going to be changing you should make sure that you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

To help keep your skin hydrated you can use a natural, hydrating lotion or cream. You can also use coconut oil on your skin that is being stretched for an all natural solution.

Another solution is to regularly massage the area of skin that is being stretched. Massage can help to increase the circulation of blood to the tissue and promote new tissue growth in that particular area.

Keep in mind that if stretch marks are prone to development, there is no way to guarantee prevention.

How Do I Reduce the Appearance of the Ones I Already Have?

Once you have stretch marks, there is no sure way of getting rid of them. You can, however, reduce the appearance of them.

But there are a few things you can do to reduce the appearance of the stretch marks that you have. Just as in prevention, you can also use coconut oil and coconut butter to help with appearance. Vitamin K is also thought to help get rid of and reduce the appearance of stretch marks, although it is noted that more study is needed (4).

⚡ Related: Learn Other Top Benefits of Coconut Oil

But the best way to reduce the appearance of stretch marks is by eating right and exercising properly. This doesn’t mean bulking up, as that can cause more stretch marks, but staying active and healthy. In fact, stretch marks can also result from nutritional deficiency and too much caffeine (5).

By eating right, you can help make sure you are staying hydrated, your skin is receiving the nutrients it needs, and you stay at a healthy weight, without being at risk of sudden weight gain. Get on a Custom Meal Plan and make sure you are eating properly and doing what you can to keep your body as healthy as it can be.

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